Despite the fact that the last Harry Potter novel released in the year 2007, over the years the Harry Potter fandom has been as strong and active as ever. If anything, the Potter fan base has only increased in these years. With various fan theories and fan fictions there never has been a dull day or year for Potterheads. But the year 2016 turned out to be a golden year for all Potter fans and how!!!
First we had the play Harry Potter and the cursed child. And for all those who couldn’t go to watch it we got the book version of the play. Although this garnered mixed reactions from readers, it was nothing other than pure delight to revisit the magical world of Hogwarts and all our favourite characters once again. We finally got a Malfoy we could love without feeling guilty. Scorpius Malfoy has got to be one of the most adorable and likable characters in the entire Potter universe.
A new Harry Potter book in itself was a huge thing. But before we got over it, we had the new Harry Potter spinoff movie to deal with. The screenplay of which was written by Rowling herself. Fantastic Beast and where to find them, a spinoff (and a sort of prequel) to the Harry potter movies, set 54 years before the birth of Harry Potter, was everything we hoped for and more. A magical case full of magical creatures including a cute and notorious Niffler and a teeny tiny and adorably clingy Pickett, wizards and witches and a wonderful no-mag (muggle)!!! Yes!!! At last we have a muggle whom we can all love. If there was one complain I had from the Harry Potter books, it was we never saw any likable Muggle character.
There was a kind of stigma attached to being called a muggle as the only ones we closely encountered were the horrible Dursleys (I always wondered why Hermione’s parents were never given much emphasis). When in the Philosopher’s stone Ron told Harry; “Don’t let the Muggles get you down.” a part of me always felt that it to be unfair, that not all Muggles, like the Dursleys, were out to get Harry down. So when finally I saw the character of Jacob (the aforementioned No-Mag), I was the happiest soul on the planet.
All these things will be enough to make any Potter fan deliriously happy but this was not all. The biggest surprise of all was that we finally got a face for the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald. And what a face it turned out to be!!!!
It was announced that the Fantastic beasts franchise will have four more movies (one more reason to kiss 2016 as it just made the coming years so much more exciting). With the arrival of Grindelwald, we can now foresee the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in the coming movies.
So, even if nothing else happened in the year 2016, even if everything else was crappy, we have at least this one reason to be thankful to this year.
P.S. We got a new school for wizard and witches- Ivermory, the school of witchcraft and wizardry.
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